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What is a database?
Databases are collections of references to journal articles, chapters in books, book reviews, conference proceesdings, reports and in some cases, theses and dissertations.
In many cases databases include the full text of journal articles. Access to these databases is paid for by the university.
In some cases only the abstract is available. In this case, you will need to search World Cat Local (icatalogue tab) to see if the journal is available in print.
If the library does not subscribe to the journal you will need to get the article from another institution by using the Inter Library Loan facility.
Databases A-Z provides links to all of UKZN's subscription databases.
Open access journal databases
DOAJ : Directory of Open Acess Journals
The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short, the DOAJ aims to be THE one stop shop for users of open access journals.
Taylor & Francis Online: Taylor & Francis Open
Taylor & Francis and Routledge currently publish a number of pure open access journals. All of the articles in these journals are published open access. The articles in these journals receive both rigorous peer-review and expedited online publication.
Sabinet Open Access Journals
The collection currently comprises 46 South African journals, which may be searched individually, and provides immediate access to the PDF versions of 6 000+ full-text articles.
A selection of History databases
The following are a selection of helpful electronic databases for History:
Aluka Digital Library (part of Jstor) provides scholarly resources from and about Africa. The main content areas are:
*African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes; and
*Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa.
EBSCOhost provides access to many databases including the following listed below. Choose the database from EbscoHost Web page. You can search within a single database or select more than one database to search in one time:
JSTOR is a database of back issues of core journals. All issues of each journal are included in full-text except for the most recent 2 to 5 years.
Project Muse is a database which provides humanities and social sciences content
Sabinet is an interdisciplinary database focusing mostly on South Africa but does include some African information. Search the following indexes:
South African Freedom Struggles. DISA focuses on South African material of high socio-political interest which would otherwise be difficult to locate and use.
Wiley Online Library hosts a broad multidisciplinary collection of online resources published by Wiley-Blackwell.
Searching multiple databases
Google Scholar is a comprehensive index to much of the content in available databases and more. Click on the hyperlinks below to search.
Google Scholar links up with the database subscriptions of UKZN to enable you to gain full-text access if it is available.
Online databases are most useful for finding articles when you do not know in which journals articles are published.
Some databases are multidisciplinary and cover a wide range of subjects e.g. Academic Search Complete via EbscoHost; while others are subject specific, covering a particular subject or discipline e.g.Popline which covers population information
Other databases are limited to particular geographic areas, Sabinet covers Africa, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa.
How do I access databases from off Campus?
Use the Off-campus Access link if you are not on campus.
- On the off campus page, click on a database of your choice, or the catalogue. You will need a valid LAN username and password to access databases from off-campus. This refers to the username and password you use to access the computers on campus.
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